Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics.This week’s Tuesday Topic: What are your tips for running in the rain, cold, or hot weather? You can write about any running related topic. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever come across any of these running scenarios:
– Running in a rainstorm?
– Running in 80+ degree heat + 100% humidity (aka Hell)?
– Running in a “real feel” of below zero?
Running in extreme or bad weather conditions is never ideal, but here are a few tips for dealing with running in the rain, heat or cold weather.
Running in the Rain
A hat is your best friend – Since it would be awkward to run with an umbrella, wearing a hat is the next best thing. It won’t necessarily keep your hair dry but it will keep the raindrops from falling in your eyes and blurring your vision.
Don’t overdress – I might be in the minority here, but I actually don’t like to wear windbreakers for running in the rain. I always overheat when I wear them and I hate how they stick to my skin. If you can, avoid throwing on layers for rainy runs.
Bring a change of socks – If you have the chance to run by your house or car at some point during your run, it would be good to switch out your socks. This can help prevent blisters and also, running in squishy wet socks is never any fun!
Running in Hot Weather
Rock Your Hats and Sunglasses – You’ll never catch me running outside in the summer without a hat or a visor (usually a visor). Having a cool head can you make you feel more comfortable during a run. Hats and sunglasses also help block the sun from your eyes and stop sweat from dripping into your eyes as well.
Freeze Your Handheld – Even if it’s just a “short run” you should always bring water with you when running in the heat. A few years ago I started freezing my handheld water bottle and it made a huge difference! The night before your run fill your handheld halfway with water and whatever electrolyte replacement you use (Vega, Tailwind, Nuun, etc). Throw in 2-3 ice cubes and place the handheld in the freezer. Then the next day, right before your run, fill the rest of your handheld with cold water. As you run, the ice will thaw and keep your liquid cool for at least an hour. Having ice cold liquid helps to cool you down on the run.
Chew Gum – This one may seem a bit weird, but it works for me. I find that chewing gum (peppermint, spearmint) makes me feel just a little bit cooler on my runs. I also like the mint flavored RunGum because it tastes good and gives you a little kick of caffeine.
Running in the Cold
As you know, running in cold weather is my jam!
Invest in base layers – This is probably my most important tip for running in cold weather. Having good base layers – both tops and bottoms – will help your body stay warm, especially when running if it’s cold AND windy.
Protect your head and hands – I’ve found that as long as my head and hands are covered and warm, the rest of my body will follow. I usually wear gloves as mittens feel too restrictive and on my head I’ll either wear an ear warmer or a beanie.
…Or you can avoid the weather
Of course, you can avoid the crazy weather all together and run on the treadmill. I know that the treadmill isn’t for everyone, but if you don’t mind it, it can come in handy when you just don’t feel like dealing with all the weather craziness!
Tell me: What are your tips for running in the rain, cold, or hot weather?
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